1848. BROWN, William. THE CARPENTER'S ASSISTANT. Worcester: Edward Livermore, and others, 1848. 4to. Modern half-calf, marbled boards. Morocco spine. 140 pages, 54 plates. First edition. [Hitchcock, 214]. "A succinct account of Egyptian, Grecian and Roman Architecture; also, a description of the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders; together with specifications, practical rules and tables for Carpenters, and a glossary of architectural terms." An unusual design book with plans for a Gothic, Grecian, and Italianate villa--all pre-balloon framing. "The peculiar advantages of this work are its simplicity, its singular adaptness to the wants of the carpenter, and its freedom from technicalities, which are so abundant in many treatises of this kind." Scarce. Hitchcock cites four sources but, surprisingly, OCLC only records one. Hitchcock records a frontispiece but no other copy we have found in library catalogues or commerce has one. Some light toning and scattered soiling. Very good. (Inventory #: 39705)
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